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National Film Awards 2023: Joju George, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut in contention

National Film Awards

The National Film Awards is one of India’s most prestigious film award ceremonies, honouring the finest Indian films. This evening, August 24, the identities of the winners will be revealed at a press conference in New Delhi. This event will be a significant confrontation between regional cinema and Bollywood. Numerous Malayalam films, such as “Nayattu,” “Minnal Murali,” and “Meppadiyan,” are strong contenders for the coveted awards.


This year, the South has a significant presence at the National Film Awards. According to reports, the Malayalam film ‘Nayattu’ could be an enormous success for actor Joju George, who is a strong contender for the award for Best Actor.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, directed by R Madhavan, is another excellent contender in multiple categories. He also has a shot at the award for Best Actor. Basil Joseph’s ‘Minnal Murali’ is yet another film from the South with award-contending potential.

‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and ‘Thalaivi’ stars Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut, who both gave outstanding performances, are vying for the Best Actress prize.

Composer MM Keeravani has a strong possibility of winning the award for Best Music Direction for his work on the Oscar-winning film RRR.


Martin Prakkat’s Nayattu, which means hunting in Malayalam, is a sociopolitical suspense film. In Nayattu, Joju George portrayed Maniyan, a senior police officer. Joju George was joined by Kunchacko Boban and Nimisha Sajayan in the main roles.

The plot of the film revolves around the search for three police officers who are being sacrificed during a by-election for vote bank politics. The plot follows Manian (Joju George), a twenty-year police ASI, Praveen Michael (Kunchacko Boban), a CPO who rejoined the force in a new station, and Sunitha (Nimisha Sajayan), a woman civil police officer.

Shahi Kabir wrote the narrative for Nayattu after his debut film Joseph was well received by the audience. The cinematographer was Shyju Khalid and the editor was National Award-winning director Mahesh Narayanan.

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